A Personal Observation: Favourite Holiday Movies

Apart from the decorations and the food, something else I look forward to this time of year are the holiday movies. I love watching the tried-and-true classics like the 1935 scroogemake of Scrooge (with Alistair Sims), and It’s A Wonderful Life, to more modern classics like A Christmas Story and One Magic Christmas. I have to watch them every year. I bought a few, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and The Santa Clause.

These movies remind us of what the holidays are really about. Something that’s easy to forget among the rampant push of commercialism. They’re about finding our humanity again after life has pushed us so far down, we think we can never recover. About second chances and how we can always put things right, no matter what, but the best thing about all these movies, is that you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy them. The message they offer is universal and is a tenant of all the religions, another thing we sometimes forget about at this time of year.

Well, except Christmas Vacation. That’s just about getting a pool. 😛 magicchristmas

I tear up as well. I know, I’m a suck, but there’s something gratifying about the characters realizing what we all know deep down inside; that the holidays are about family and coming together with the rest of mankind. I know that sounds a little sappy, but that’s what the holidays are all about, right? It’s a tradition in my family to watch these movies and just about any other holiday special that on as well. Husband still like the old Rudolf and Santa cartoons from the ’60’s. Nothing wrong with that. I don’t mind them, but I prefer the movies.

 

What are your favourite movies or holiday specials? What draws you to watch them every year?

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to A Personal Observation: Favourite Holiday Movies

  1. The 1938 version of A Christmas Carol is my favorite. I like that Bob Cratchit the best. I recently discovered too that the guy who plays Cratchit costarred with his wife, and young daughter, June Lockhart, (making her film debut).

    • We watched that one the other night! Interesting bit of trivia for you. Lionel Barrymore (Drew’s grandfather) was supposed to be Scrooge in the movie, but had to drop out and suggested his friend Reginald Owen to play the character instead. On Christmas Eve, Barrymore did not do the radio broadcast of the story, which he did every year, so it wouldn’t overshadow the movie. 🙂

      We learned that from TCM before they aired it.

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